High School Football

Lions thrown for loss by Stratford in region opener

Trinity Christian head coach Chris Hanson put the blame of a 47-12 loss to Stratford Academy squarely on his shoulders, attempting to cushion the blow much like a soldier jumping on a live grenade. 

 But the Lions still absorbed far too many blows in their GISA Region 2-AAA debut, which was as much an eye-opener for a team that had rolled through the latter half of its non-region schedule with four consecutive victories.

“I’ve just got to do a better job as a coach getting ourselves prepared to play,” Hanson said. “They came out and executed like we expected them to. We weren’t the better team tonight. We’ve got to go back and fix those problems and try to get better for next Friday.”

An Eagles team that had played three of its first five games against Class AAA opponents adjusted much more quickly from the opening kickoff than Trinity, which had won three straight against AA foes, taking a commanding 40-6 lead into halftime.

Stratford Academy pounded on Trinity with 30 unanswered points in the opening quarter, starting with a fumbled punt snap off the Lions’ first punt attempt of the game.

The Eagles then converted again shortly after getting their hands on another short Trinity punt for a 14-0 advantage with 8:40 left in the first quarter.

Stratford’s lead continued to expand in the opening period, jumping to a 20-0 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining.

Trinity’s scores came on a touchdown catch by senior Joe Hogan and a touchdown run from quarterback Daniel Shoates.

The Lions wrap up a four-game homestand next Friday with a visit from Tattnall Square (5-1).

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